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UEA – A University of Sanctuary

The UEA is among the first universities in the UK to become a University of Sanctuary. 

They have committed to becoming a place of welcome for refugees and those seeking asylum. As part of this aim, three Sanctuary Scholarships are being offered for the academic year 2019/20 which cover the cost of tuition fees and bursaries to help cover living costs. Click here to find out more.

Short courses in English have begun for those wanting to improve their language skills in order to access higher education.

Different faculties have already contributed towards raising awareness about migration. A recent talk explored translation as a human right, for example. The University also hosted a screening of this film shown during Refugee Week 2018, which shines a spotlight on children stranded in Calais, waiting to gain access to the UK.

A campus-wide event celebrated the university’s sanctuary status in 2019, raising awareness and promoting understanding of the issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers.

The UEA runs an Outreach programme which welcomes applications from Sanctuary seekers and refugees who want to access higher education. They offer free individual, group and residential trips for interested parties to learn about studying at the UEA. They also offer a wide range of support for students who are new to their university. To find out more about the UEA as a University of Sanctuary, click here.